Information on the use of face masks & gloves

Masks:

The CDC recommends wearing a mask, or cloth face covering, when in public settings.  This is the protect others if you are actually infected but do not have any symptoms of illness.  Face coverings are NOT a substitute for social distancing.  You should keep a 6 ft distance from others when you must be out.

Cloth face masks are recommended for the general population.  Surgical masks and N95 respirators are reserved for healthcare workers.

Wearing a mask or face covering is very important.  It should:

1. fit snug against the face

2. be secured with ties or ear loops

3. include multiple layers of fabric

4. allow for breathing without restriction

5. be able to be washed and dried without compromising the function of the mask.

You should be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when applying or removing the mask.

Children under 2 should not wear a mask.  Those that have trouble breathing may not tolerate wearing a mask.

Gloves:

Thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds remains the best defense against COVID-19.  When you are out, hand sanitizer is also effective.  Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and fingers.

Gloves can give you a false sense of security.  The virus actually adheres to the gloves, and if you are not careful, you could contaminate yourself.  If you contaminate yourself, by accidentally touching your skin/face or objects in your environment or by improper glove removal, then you've done more harm than good.

Gloves should be reserved for use when caring for someone who is ill or when cleaning up an area in your home where someone has been ill.  You should ALWAYS wash your hands after you remove your gloves!

If you have to go out in public, wipe your cart or gas pump with a disinfecting wipe and thoroughly clean your hands when you're done.  Don't touch your face!

If you have questions related to COVID-19, please use the state hotline – 1.800-887-4304.

If you are presenting with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call ahead - 304.630.3088.

If you have general hospital related questions, please use our local number of 304.636.3300.

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